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Ophthalmology in ancient india, Sushruta’s time and the modern era

While reading an article related to the history of Indian ophthalmology, I came across this description of a surgical procedure: “The doctor warmed the patient’s eye with the breath of his mouth. He rubbed the closed eye of the patient...

The past and the future for paediatric ophthalmology

The past 25 years have seen remarkable advances in clinical eye care for children in the UK. This has led to both improved outcomes and better patient and family experiences. There have been substantial changes to patient pathways, major advances...

New solutions in the prevention and treatment of Acanthamoeba keratitis

The global increase in Acanthamoeba keratitis infections has emphasised the inefficiencies of current treatment and preventative methods, here researchers from the West of Scotland detail a promising new series of compounds that may stem the tide. News headlines detailing horror...

What’s new in glaucoma? Clinical trials drive practice changes, surgical advancements gather pace

Rod McNeil reviews the latest developments in the treatment of glaucoma in the UK. Primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG), which accounts for over two-thirds of all glaucoma cases, has an estimated UK prevalence in 2017 of approximately 2% of people over...

Specialist high-street eye clinics for managing patients with retinal disorders can enhance care standards

The author examines the successful introduction of community-based retinal clinic services by Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust. Dr Sajjad Mahmood, Consultant Ophthalmologist, MREH, shares experience of establishing community-based medical retina clinic services. Sight loss from age-related macular degeneration (AMD), cataract,...

Move 78

The Soviet Union still existed throughout my formative years, along with a vague undefinable miasma of possible war that generated films such as Red Dawn and Rocky IV. My favourite film from that era was called War Games, in which,...

Basics of Vitrectomy

This is a book set out over 14 chapters which is designed to be a handbook for beginners embarking on a career in vitreoretinal (VR) surgery or for trainee surgeons on rotation with the VR team. It starts with an...

Restoration of colour perception in patients with retinitis pigmentosa

This is a case series testing the feasibility of using bioelectronic retinal prostheses to partially restore colour perception in seven patients with advanced retinitis pigmentosa. Bioelectronic retinal prostheses are able to bypass degenerated photoreceptors to directly stimulate the inner retinal...

Subfoveal choroidal thickness and PCV

This report studies the prognostic factors for visual improvement and the need for additional treatments at one year after the initial combination therapy of intravitreal ranibizumab injection or intravitreal aflibercept injection followed by PDT in eyes with PCV. Fifty-six eyes...

Macular thickness after strabismus surgery

The aim of this study was to determine whether strabismus surgery is associated with changes in macular thickness as detected by OCT. The study included 60 eyes of 30 patients with mean age of 28.9±14.2 years undergoing unilateral surgery. Mean...

Central corneal and epithelial thickness measured by Fourier domain OCT

This study examined intraobserver and interobserver reproducibility of corneal thickness (CT) and epithelial thickness (ET) measurement of Fourier domain OCT (RTVue) in 23 healthy volunteers. RTVue is capable of producing 26,000 A scans per second with depth resolution of 5µm....

Amblyopic choroidal thickness

The authors studied choroidal thickness in 38 paediatric cases (76 eyes) with unilateral amblyopia to evaluate the differences between amblyopic and fellow eyes, and compare them with 19 healthy control subjects (38 eyes). Anisometropic amblyopia was present in 17 cases...